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Brazilian Black Tarantula Care

Brazilian Black Tarantula Care

Brazilian Black Tarantula (Grammostola pulchra)

Brazilian Black tarantulas have become quite popular in recent years. Their large size – up to 7” (18cm), calm temperament and jet black appearance make them a highly sought after tarantula for the beginner looking for a great pet as well as the serious collector. Because of their popularity, these are a little more expensive than some other species, but still well worth the price.

G. pulchras are native to South American grasslands in the countries of Brazil and Uruguay. In captivity they do well in a fairly dry environment which makes caring for them relatively easy. No need to mist daily or obsess about the humidity levels. They thrive on several inches of dry substrate such as coconut fiber or similar soil. They are a slow growing tarantula and can take 4-8 years to reach full size.

Brazilian black tarantula spiderlings (slings) tend to burrow if given sufficient substrate. It is wise to keep their soil slightly damp (not bone dry) but not soggy. A deli cup or small ‘critter keeper’ type enclosure is sufficient until they grow to around a three inch leg span. An adult can be kept in a 10 gallon, or similar size, tank with a secure, ventilated top. A temperature of 70-80 degrees F is sufficient. A small, shallow bowl of fresh water should be provided.

Brazilian blacks, like most tarantulas, will eat crickets, roaches, mealworms, or other insects. Feeding once a week is sufficient as they are not fast growing.

Jabberwock Reptiles tries to keep this species in stock but check our Available Tarantula page for availability.

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